He would sit at one corner with his mother and try to equalize with other people’s gesture. I was very small at that time. I had never encountered anyone like him before.
Every Sunday when I would go to church, I would see him. He would come with his mother. He would sit and see things around him quietly. I used to find it very strange. In the church, we all sing songs to praise God. He would try to sing too, or at least utter ‘hmm’, to match with others singing around him.
After the service, when we all would greet each other by shaking hands, he would do that too. Whenever he wanted anything, he would gesture with his hands and try to speak things with an unsuccessful attempt. Of course, his mother would understand every action of his. There was one more thing about him that caught my attention. Actually not about him, but about the people around him. They would give him extra attention, extra care. And he would be happy; he would try to retaliate too. By observing him for few weeks, I realized that he wasn’t so much like us and this would make him quiet. Perhaps he realized it. And whenever anyone would show their attention to him or try to talk to him, he would grin with joy.
Around the globe, about 15% of people are born with disability, out of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. There is nothing that we can do about it, except for approaching them positively. I wonder what they go through inside them, thinking themselves to be different from rest of the world and wishing to fit in the default zone. The rest of the 85% of us, it becomes our duty to accept them the way they are and never make them feel any less. In doing that, we will be creating some legends that this world is awaiting for.
There are some really famous and successful people around the world who didn’t allow their disability to crush their dreams and desires but used it as a catalyst to achieve their aspirations. Nothing is perfect in this world. Even the rest 85% suffers with flaws. It’s a perception, how we choose to see and accept. These special people need acceptance and our attention. Instead of merely sympathizing, we need to be more accepting and encouraging because even they have the right to live happy lives.